Students' and staff awards: the results

Published on 9 May 13

As the academic year draws to a close, it is time to recognise those students who have dedicated their time to improving the student experience

Students as Partners Celebration Evening

Bringing together over 400 students and staff from across the University, the15th Annual Students as Partners Celebration Evening held on Thursday 2nd May was a night to remember.

Thanks to ongoing support and sponsorship from PricewaterhouseCooper’s, the event took place at Manchester’s prestigious Palace Hotel for the second year running. Attended by representatives from PwC, University Halls of Residence and students and staff from all four Faculties, the evening paid tribute to the achievements and successes of those involved in over 37 Peer Mentoring schemes and 29 Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) schemes across The University of Manchester, encompassing more than 1,700 student volunteers in total.

The exceptional commitment of 27 students and staff members was recognised through the presentation of the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Peer Support’ awards. Meanwhile, Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science PASS (pictured) and Linguistics & English Language Peer Mentoring were honoured with ‘Scheme of the Year’ awards.

The efforts of Resident Association and Junior Common Room members were recognised during the Halls of Residence Awards presentation, whilst the Student Team Working Awards saw students and staff involved with the Offshore Gas to Syncrude Facility design project and those involved with Biotechnology YES 2012 each receive the top prize of £500 in their respective categories.

The night was not complete without a full buffet and the now traditional Ceilidh dancing, thoroughly enjoyed by all! 

Students' Union Awards Evening


On Friday 3 May, outstanding teaching and support staff at the University of Manchester were recognised in a glittering awards ceremony held at the University of Manchester Students’ Union. The Manchester Teaching Awards were held in conjunction with the Students’ Union Awards and were attended by over 500 people.

The Students’ Union received nearly 700 nominations from 1300 students across the university, all of whom were eager to nominate lecturers and support staff for awards. Nominees were shortlisted and the winners chosen by a panel of course reps from across the University.

Rajinder Dudrah (pictured with Education Officer, Khalil) swept the board at the event, winning Best Lecturer in Humanities and Best Lecturer of the Year.  Students who nominated Rajinder noted that he had “made the learning experience at university that bit more dynamic and interesting. He is so easy to talk to and always really enthusiastic and knowledgeable when you want to discuss something in more detail.”

Other winners included Alfie Brown, who won Best Postgraduate Teacher. Alfie was recognised for his innovative teaching techniques and his detailed feedback. Alfie was noted as having “gone over and above the course tutor requirements in terms of time given to supporting his students”.

Nick Pringle, General Secretary at the University of Manchester Students’ Union commented “The evening was a great occasion to recognise all the students who give so much to the union, university and wider community. The awards ranged from course rep of the year to student-led campaign of the year and it was fantastic to have so many nominations this year. The  awards were bigger than ever and our performances from the Bangladeshi Student Society and the Beatboxing Society, hopefully the awards will continue to grow and next year’s will be bigger and better still!”

For the full list of winners visit

Well done to everyone this year for all your achievements and thank you to those who have given up their time to run schemes, raise money and generally improve the student experience.

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